Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Per­sonal nav­i­ga­tion de­vices don’t ex­cite us be­cause of their same­ness. So, Tom­tom’s lat­est is a wel­come change. The Via 120 uses matte-fin­ished plas­tic to give it a royal feel. With not even a sin­gle con­trol vis­i­ble on the front, it only has a stylish power key and a charg­ing port at the back. And no car mounts for this, only a sleek, ad­justable neck. The charg­ing cable too has a curved end that goes well with the over­all de­sign.

Un­like other play­ers, this Tom­tom is a no-frills nav­i­ga­tor. It straight­away loads the map win­dow, no primp­ing around with op­tions such as maps, mu­sic, videos, pho­tos and ebook. It is also effi-

ciently quick in es­tab­lish­ing a con­nect with the satel­lites.

While key­ing in the lo­ca­tion, we could se­lect our desti­na­tion us­ing the lo­cal­ity, city or even the pin code. As we keyed in our desti­na­tion, it helped by prompt­ing the pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions we are look­ing for. Once done, we could also cross check the route us­ing demo route op­tion. There is also a route cor­rec­tion op­tion that one can ac­cess by sync­ing the de­vice to the PC. Lastly, while rout­ing, it showed what else lay in the vicin­ity, a sort of ba­sic know-the-place. Us­ing Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity we were able to use it as a speaker phone.

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